Rite of Spring In Its Original Choreography


Preparing for a talk I am giving, I discovered that the original Nijinsky choregraphy for the Rite of Spring has been staged by the Kirov and other companies. Here is the final scene, with the Sacrificial Victim literally dancing herself to death. Although Stravinsky later wanted the Rite to be listened to as pure music, the original choreography shows that this music can be taken literally. Terrifying! 

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